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2016 Lucille Lortel Awards for GUARDS AT THE TAJ, THE ROBBER BRIDE GROOM, Phylicia Rashad, Alana Arenas, Steven Pasquale, Liesl Tommy, Leslie Kritzer, Anita Yavich and More

The 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were presented tonight at NYU Skirball Center.

Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj won in four categories including Outstanding Play, Scenic Design, Lighting Design and Sound Design.

Arian Moayed, Neil Pepe, Rajiv Joseph and Omar Metwally at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Arian Moayed, Neil Pepe, Rajiv Joseph and Omar Metwally at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Rajiv Joseph’s GUARDS AT THE TAJ starring Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed at Atlantic Theater Company, extends through July 12 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Robber Bridegroom won three including Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Leslie Kritzer and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Steven Pasquale.

Steven Pasquale and the company of Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Steven Pasquale and the company of Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Public Theater’s production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Phylicia Rashad and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Alana Arenas.

Alana Arenas and Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES. Photo by Joan Marcus

Alana Arenas and Phylicia Rashad in HEAD OF PASSES. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s HEAD OF PASSES Featuring Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Robert Joy, J. Bernard Calloway, Francois Battiste and More, Extends at The Public through May 1

James Houghton. Photo by Lia Chang

James Houghton. Photo by Lia Chang

Signature Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director James Houghton was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will be inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Congrats to all of the winners listed below.

Outstanding Play

Guards at the Taj
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Rajiv Joseph

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Outstanding Musical

FUTURITY
Produced by Soho Rep. and Ars Nova in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays
Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps, Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

Outstanding Revival

The Robber Bridegroom
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Daryl Roth
Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman

Outstanding Solo Show

Grounded
Produced by The Public Theater
Written by George Brant
Performed by Anne Hathaway

Outstanding Director
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o in "Eclipsed."

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed.”

Outstanding Choreographer
Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Steven Pasquale, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Alana Arenas, Head of Passes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Jeffrey Kuhn, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom

 Leslie Kritzer and company in Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Leslie Kritzer and company in Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Scenic Design
Timothy R. Mackabee, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Costume Design
Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Lighting Design
David Weiner, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Sound Design
Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the Taj

Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Lia Chang

Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Lia Chang

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience
Angel Reapers
By Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry
Produced by Signature Theatre
Peter Nigrini, Projection Design, Grounded

HONORARY AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Award
James Houghton

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
Suzan-Lori Parks

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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